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Optus launches commercial 4.5G service, trials pre-5G technology

27 Feb 2017
OptusNews

Optus has announced the upgrade of its mobile network to the LTE-Advanced Pro standard (aka 4.5G) in the area around its headquarters in Macquarie Park

Optus has announced the upgrade of its mobile network to the LTE-Advanced Pro standard (aka 4.5G) in the area around its headquarters in Macquarie Park, Sydney, saying the technology will be rolled out to provide 70 per cent coverage in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide over the next 12 months.

The move comes just a year after Optus announced a trial of the technology in Newcastle.

At today’s launch Optus demonstrated downstream bandwidth in excess of 1 gigabit per second. However at present there are no commercially available mobile devices that support LTE A Pro.

Optus demonstrated the service to a fixed device resembling a Wi-Fi modem with multiple antennas and said it would have commercial version available in the next few months.

To continue reading the article: click here. (computerworld.com.au)

Telstra, Ericsson, Qualcomm announce 5G new radio trials

27 Feb 2017
TelstraNews

Telstra, Ericsson, and Qualcomm have announced that they will be conducting 5G new radio (NR) trials across Australia ahead of an accelerated 5G deployment.

The announcement, made at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Sunday, will see the three companies conduct interoperability testing and an over-the-air field trial using the current 5G NR specifications provided by 3GPP during the second half of 2017.

The trials will see them make use of millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum technologies at higher-frequency bands to increase network capacity and allow for multi-gigabit speeds across the 28GHz, 39GHz and sub-6GHz spectrum bands, as well as Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology along with beam forming and beam tracking, according to Ericsson senior VP and chief strategy and technology officer Ulf Ewaldsson.

"This development is a big step forward in 5G readiness," said Telstra group managing director of Networks Mike Wright.

"This collaboration between Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies will help ensure 5G is ready for the Australian environment, including making sure it is able to be scaled up for our vast distance and sparse population, as well as ensuring our customers will be among the first in the world to enjoy the benefits of 5G."

To continue reading the article: click here. (zdnet.com)

Telstra's virtualised network carrying live video calling ahead of broadcast media

27 Feb 2017
TelstraNews

Ericsson has announced that its virtualisation of Telstra's infrastructure has progressed to enabling live mobile video calls, with Telstra to also extend the Ericsson cloud platform deployment to carry live or near-live broadcast media workloads.

The announcement, made at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Sunday, means a step towards NFV capabilities for 5G, such as network slicing, using Ericsson's virtual evolved packet core,

Telstra is the first in the nation to deliver live mobile traffic over its virtualised network functionality, with the telecommunications carrier now entering the second phase of the NFV program with Ericsson.

"Delivery of live traffic over virtualized network functions is an important step in delivering the mobile network for the future. Increasingly, operator's customers are looking for mobile services that are optimized for their needs," said Ericsson ANZ head Emilio Romeo.

"Additionally, the establishment of media cloud capabilities will enable the processing and distribution of bandwidth intensive broadcast workloads assisting broadcasters to improve workflows."

Telstra's NFV program with Ericsson, announced a year ago, involved deployment of Ericsson's Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000, Cloud Execution Environment, Cloud Manager, Cloud SDN, and VNFs such as virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) and virtual IP Multimedia System (vIMS).

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Telstra to build Australia's first national internet of things network

27 Feb 2017
TelstraNews

Telstra has revealed plans to create Australia’s first national internet of things network, as well as an upgrade to its optical networks and trials of new 5G technology.

The announcement comes as part of the telco’s “Network of the Future” program announced overnight at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.

Telstra partnered with long-time collaborator Ericsson to deploy network software, which will enable Cat-M1 LTE networks using Ericsson’s Massive IoT software, to its radio and core networks.

Cat-M1 technology allows for low-power, wide-area technologies to work on a licensed spectrum. It is suitable for devices using mobility, voice support and moderate bitrates in the order of hundreds of kbps, like vehicle telematics, asset tracking, consumer and healthcare wearables and smart electricity metering.

Telstra has already begun trialling the technology in Melbourne and Tasmania in preparation for Cat-M1 to make its way to Australia in the second half of 2017, supported on the telco’s 4G network.

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Sending a selfie now possible from Warroo

27 Feb 2017
TelstraNews

The installation of a Telstra tower in the blackspot community of Warroo means locals will now have mobile phone reception.

Southern NSW Telstra General Manager, Chris Taylor, said the new base station – part of a roll-out across Central NSW - will benefit the farming community. 

“Communities nominated their area as blackspots and in need of a tower,” he said. 

“Warroo was one of the communities in round one that were fortunate enough to be provided with this tower. The decision to award funding to the Warroo site was made back in December 2015.”

Deputy Mayor, Grant Clifton, was delighted that a locality within the Forbes Shire was chosen for a network.

“Out here in Warroo, it’s going to be absolutely fantastic. It’s not going to solve everybody’s problems, but the ones that do now get coverage, I think it’s going to be much better for their businesses, for their personal life and for medical reasons,” he said. 

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Where talk isn't cheap

27 Feb 2017
InTheNews

ONE very apparent difference between a modern movie and an older one is that with the latter, the computer monitors are very large and the mobile phones are conspicuously absent.

Although I can remember the "brick" phone from the early 1990s, a phone so large it was carried separately like a briefcase, mobile phones haven't been around for all that long.

Nowadays, mobile phones are almost always smart phones, including those invented by the Apple people and although they sell millions per year, the iPhone only turned 10 last year.

A family once shared a single phone, but we have become used to every member of the family having his or her personal phone, a device that is used to make phone calls almost as an afterthought.

Three companies have mobile networks in WA with many smaller companies buying bulk access wholesale and retailing it to individual customers.

The official line is that competition between the large wholesalers and smaller retailers will keep the bastards honest and ensure a good service at a reasonable rate.

It sounds good, but Telstra is the only supplier and competition is non-existent in one million square kilometres of Australia - and it isn't all in the pastoral areas.

To continue reading the article: click here. (farmweekly.com.au)

5G phones are coming earlier than you thought

27 Feb 2017
InTheNews

A standards body says the next-generation wireless network can hit a deadline of 2019 instead of 2020.

5G's coming -- and it will be here faster than predicted.

5G New Radio (5G NR), a flavor of the next-generation wireless network that's expected to be the global standard, should be available for large-scale deployments in 2019, a year earlier than anticipated, nearly two dozen companies said Sunday.

The companies who've vowed to reach a standard for 5G for that timeframe included a mix of wireless carriers, chip providers and device makers -- such as Qualcomm, Intel, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom -- that are part of the 3GPP standards group.

"For consumers, this means they're going to get an elevated broadband experience in 2019," Rasmus Hellberg, senior director of technical marketing at Qualcomm, told CNET in an interview ahead of the news, which was announced at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona, Spain.

 

To continue reading the article: click here. (cnet.com)

Optus demonstrates 4.5G at Macquarie Park head office

23 Feb 2017
OptusNews

Optus is putting pressure on its competitors in the race to be the first telco with comprehensive 5G services, switching on 4.5G network services in Macquarie Park, the telco headquarters’ home suburb.

Before an audience of media at the Optus Campus in Sydney on Wednesday, managing director of networks Dennis Wong told guests the company was driven by its strategy to converge mobile technology with high-quality multimedia.

Wong said Optus was pushing towards 5G as part of its evolving entertainment strategy, that has already seen the company move into mobile sports broadcasting, with a number of rights already held.

“4.5G is a key area of investment for our network evolution towards 5G. It is an important enabler for 5G and we are excited to be able to deliver this new initiative to our customers at Macquarie Park,” he said.

Through a hardware partnership with Huawei, the telco has rolled out a number of new antenna base stations across Macquarie Park, which will allow the suburb's 95,000 residents and 400 business to access higher speeds, through mobiles already capable of 4G as well as new devices the company is set to roll out in 2017.

To continue reading the article: click here. (crn.com.au)

Vodafone connects Tasmanians with expanded mobile coverage

23 Feb 2017
VodafoneNews

Vodafone is expanding its Tasmanian network with six new towers in and around Launceston and upgrading a number of existing sites to provide improved 4G services to its customers in the city.

Late last year, Vodafone switched on two new towers in the Launceston suburbs of Norwood and Ravenswood and says it will switch on another four new towers before the end of the year – Newham and Prospect Hill before June, Launceston North before August, and Youngtown by the end of the year.

According to the telco, when completed, the new towers will deliver a total of 428 square kilometres of additional mobile coverage.

The investments in Launceston are in addition to upgrades in the past 12 months to four existing towers.

Vodafone chief technology officer Kevin Millroy said Vodafone continued to improve services for customers in the region through direct investment as well as participation in the federal government’s mobile black spot programme.

“Vodafone is investing heavily and working hard to improve and expand its services in and around Launceston, as it is around the whole country.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itwire.com)

Mobile tower rage: ‘We pay the price’

23 Feb 2017
OptusNews

 A DEEBING Heights couple is taking aim at a major telecommunications provider after a 45m tall mobile tower was approved without their knowledge.

Darryl Beyer and Jenny Harrison of Newsky Ct live less than 300m from a recently approved Optus tower and say most of the residents on their street were not consulted.

The couple and their two children are now moving out of their family home before construction of the tower is finished for fear of its negative health effects.

"We really love it here. We back on to bushland and have kangaroos, king parrots and lizards in our back garden," Jenny said.

"We don't want to move but I see no alternative. Our plan was to stay until the children left high school in another 10 years, but 10 years is a long time to live underneath and be exposed to such a tower. I worry about the electromagnetic levels we are exposed to.

"I'd never forgive myself if anything ever happened to the children. Although the evidence would never be conclusive, I would always wonder."

Darryl said everyone in the street should have been consulted.

"There are financial implications as well, nobody can say it won't have an effect on the value of our home. It's got to have a financial impact. People don't move to bushland to have a tower leaning over them," he said.

"I've got Telstra and I've got full service.

To continue reading the article: click here. (centraltelegraph.com.au)

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